Raven Run Club
When we build your training plan, we base it on the individual athlete.
Raven Run Club is for everyone. If you have a running goal, this is YOUR group! Our adult program offers free training groups and individualized training plans (membership fee). Our coaches will meet with you to learn more about your goals and needs, answer questions, and share feedback. They will then make recommendations for what program might work best for you.
RAVEN RUN CLUB:
Tuesdays @ 6p, Saturdays @ 10a
Effective Tuesday, 10/12/21, we will be meeting in The Dome for Tuesday workouts. Saturday locations are outside, varying between Anchorage trails.
What to expect:
RRC Group is an all-abilities training group. Tuesday night workouts focus on strength, tempo and speedwork. Practices last 75-90 minutes.
Weekday Workouts: When you arrive at practice, take a couple laps to warm up and get your blood pumping! After the majority of the group has arrived, yourcoaches will circle you up for stretching, dynamic drills and to explain the workout. Working on your fitness or ready to level up? Your coaches will help you identify what your effort should feel like, and how to challenge yourself safely.
Saturday Long Runs: Long runs are focused on getting you comfortable being on your legs and feet longer. “Long” is defined by your ability levels, and you can take any variation of run or walk.
Why RRC Group:
From walking to competitive running, RRC group is for athletes interested in building community and camaraderie through physical activity! In addition to access to experienced and professional coaches, find accountability through connection with new friends and peers. Learn how to pace and grow your physical ability with other like-minded athletes. Find structure and be challenged in a safe environment.
How to Sign Up:
While the group is free, registration is still required! Sign up through the link on our RunSignUp page. This is a rolling “membership” and you can renew each month to continue to access practice information.
RAVEN RUN CLUB:
Individual Training Plan
Who is this for?
Any athlete can benefit from a customized training plan. If you are chasing a big goal, ready to level up, or need to incorporate training into a busy life, this may be the training program for you.
What to expect:
A complete customized training plan that works for your fitness, at your levels. Your training begins with an assessment from one of our Raven Run Club coaches. They’ll get to know your current training, your goals, your history and any injuries or physical needs we should be considerate of. Your coach will write your training plans weekly and update you through the TrainingPeaks app. Expect regular check-ins, via email phone or FaceTime. Need adjustments? They will be made, and you will see them reflected on your training plan. Coaches will get to know you on a more personal level to help you, and challenge you to achieve your goals.
What’s practice like?
What if I can’t run long? What if I can’t do the whole workout?
Meet the Coaches
Coach Hallidie began running in high school and decided to run at the collegiate level for UAA, where she concluded a successful career as a member of both the cross country and track and field teams. She appeared at NCAA Nationals five times, received three All-Region honors, and was awarded three All-Conference accolades.
Upon finishing her collegiate eligibility, she then began volunteer assistant coaching at UAA during the 2012-2013 academic year. She has been coaching for over ten years with Skinny Raven Sports Kids Running, the Her Tern/Hightail training group, Raven Run Club, and Intro to Run. She has also volunteer coached at Special Olympics Alaska and worked on other private coaching opportunities. She took over RRC as the head coach in 2016 and has been certified by Road Runners Club of America as a Level 2 coach. Her goals for this group include “providing development opportunities that enhance knowledge, develop skills, and enrich the organization.” Helping people live healthy lives is a passion of hers and she hopes to share running with people of all ability levels.
Coach Michelle began running at the age of ten and hasn’t stopped since! She defined herself as “below average” in high school and college, where she competed in events ranging from the 400m to the 1500m. A year after graduating college she ran her first half marathon – it took her six years to break her personal record of 1:35! In 2010, she ran her first marathon in 3:42 and decided that she wanted to try to qualify for the Boston Marathon. It’s history from there!
She has competed at Boston, New York, and Twin Cities for the marathon along with numerous half marathons. She has also completed Mayor’s, Runfest, and Kenai marathons right here in Alaska. Now back from maternity leave, she is still chasing her goal of running a sub-three hour marathon (her PR is now 3:02). She has her own private coaching business that she started in 2014; a year later she joined the RRC coaching team. Michelle hopes that this group continues to make her more outgoing as she reaches to all of you to make you feel welcome. She is excited to see the progress you all will make while achieving your goals
Coach Grace has a little bit shorter history than the other two. She began running her junior year of high school and fell in love with it. Following senior year, Grace committed to run at UAA. Her career was not as successful as she had hoped, as she spent the majority of her eligibility injured. From stress fractures to strained muscles, Grace’s body was not prepared or able to handle the training load of college. While running for UAA, the cross country team won regions and made it to Nationals where they placed 6th.
In track, Grace narrowly missed qualifying for Nationals again in the 3000m steeplechase. After leaving the team in May of 2019, she wasn’t sure how her body would handle running if there was no pressure for her to perform. She had to teach herself to love it again. When Hallidie asked Grace to coach when Michelle went on maternity leave, she was nervous. She had never coached before and had really only been running for four years. When she started coaching her first RRC group this last fall, she struggled to explain workouts and wasn’t sure if she could ever get to a place where she would feel comfortable leading a group. As an introvert, coaching practically threw her out of her comfort zone. Today, she feels so much better about her place in the group. She loves getting to see everyone each week and talk about life and running. Raven Run Club has forced her to explain things in ways that she never would and see different angles of running then she was used to. Grace has learned so much from each of the RRC participants and is grateful for that opportunity. She hopes this group not only sparks a love (or at least a fond interest) for running but that participants each develop a new level of confidence as they tune in to all that their body is capable of. Grace is excited to keep learning with you in the weeks, months, and maybe years to come!
Coach Klaire discovered running as a young adult after spending her high school years as a swimmer and dancer. Running began as a way to remain active in college but quickly became a passion. In 2017, Klaire first began participating in local road, trail, and mountain races for fun, and soon began to improve and become more competitive as she continued to train consistently. Some of Klaire’s favorite racing memories include placing 12th in the 2019 Mount Marathon, completing her first ultramarathon at the Kesugi Ridge Traverse, and winning the 2020 Hightail Half Marathon in 1:24:57. Klaire considers herself a trail runner at heart but has a wide array of goals, from running a sub-3 hour road marathon to one day completing a 100-mile trail race.
After the lack of a true racing season in 2020, Klaire is looking forward to a summer of racing to be able to put her fitness to the test. Her 2021 racing goals include improving her finish time at Mount Marathon and running the Equinox Marathon. Races aside, however, Klaire finds the most joy in her daily runs. A short run in the neighborhood or a long day on her favorite backcountry trails – every run is a gift and the ultimate way to celebrate a healthy body!
Klaire’s journey with running is still in its early years, but she is thrilled to share her newfound passion with others who may be beginning their running journey, trying to settle into consistent training, or simply looking for a way to stay active and healthy. For many years, Klaire enjoyed guiding new and experienced runners to the right gear for their goals on the sales floor at Skinny Raven. Now, she is thrilled to be making the shift to using her expertise and running experience in a different setting – as a Raven Run Club coach! She hopes that alongside the other coaches, she can create a welcoming and motivating environment where all runners, regardless of where they are at in their running journey, can feel empowered to improve and cheer each other on along the way!